High-tech Service Offered Closer to Home
This article originally appeared in a health information newsletter published by Clinton Hospital for members of the Greater Clinton community.
High technology and high-touch care are working hand-in-hand thanks to Clinton Hospital's introduction of a new mobile magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit, featuring high-definition technology.
"The addition of this piece of modern medical technology is a significant statement of our commitment to provide the highest-quality care," noted Sheila Daly, president and CEO of Clinton Hospital.
"Patients needing such services in the past were required to travel to another hospital or imaging center, limiting convenience. They will now have the opportunity to access this high-tech care much closer to home."
An MRI scan is often the test of choice for diagnosing many types of injuries and conditions because of its ability to create a two- or three-dimensional picture of the body's structures, particularly soft tissue. These scans can also image flowing blood in virtually any part of the body.
High-definition MRIs, like the one now at Clinton Hospital, use a powerful magnet and radio frequency waves to create very detailed images of the body, much like high-definition television, far surpassing the views of conventional x-rays. The level of detail high-definition MRI scans provide gives the hospital's radiologists more information to make a diagnosis.
"Clinton Hospital's new mobile MRI unit is a significant addition to the hospital's diagnostic imaging program and to the services the hospital can offer our patients and referring physicians," said Jonathan Arnow, MD, a radiologist at Clinton Hospital. "The images generated by a high-definition MRI unit are quite remarkable."
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new mobile MRI unit was also used as an opportunity to unveil the hospital's new picture archival and communication system or PACS. This is an important component of digital radiography that enables physicians to more rapidly access and communicate diagnostic imaging test results.
Instead of using a light box to view x-rays, radiologists now have the advantage of viewing the images directly on computer monitors. The images can then be sent securely over the Internet to other physicians to view from their own computers, virtually doing away with the cumbersome and time-consuming transport of large folders of x-rays or other diagnostic images.
Congressman Jim McGovern, UMass Memorial and Shields Health Care played extremely helpful roles in assisting the hospital in putting these two pieces of important equipment into place.
The new MRI and PACS system are the most recent enhancements to the hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Service. During the past two years, the hospital also added a new CT scanner and ultrasound machine, partly through community donations raised by the Clinton Hospital Foundation.
Appointments for outpatient MRI scans at Clinton Hospital may be made by calling Shields Health Care at 800-258-4674. A physician referral is necessary.